A Democrat would never have stepped aside just because Republicans were demanding it.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes will temporarily recuse himself from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in the face of an ethics investigation, he said in a statement Thursday.
According to the statement, Nunes will cease control to Reps. Michael Conaway R-Texas, Trey Gowdy R-S.C., and Tom Rooney R-Fla., the Washington Examiner reported.
Nunes has been the center of controversy following his decision to go to the White House grounds to view documents related to the case provided to him by administration officials. Instead of briefing the committee, Nunes went to the press and the White House with information that Trump and his associates may have been caught up in surveillance of legitimate targets before briefing the committee.
While Nunes has maintained that he could be an independent investigator, he has been criticized by Democrats for doing the White House’s dirty work and being more loyal to Trump than the investigation.